INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA

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Yoga, Hindustan's Legacy That Transforms Lives

While my mother did the customary Namaz five times a day, my father used to attend public lectures on Vedanta and other related topics by eminent experts. He got up early in the morning and did his yoga rituals. Being a Muslim did not preclude him from practising it. In fact, if you look closely, Namaz (Salat)--the daily prayers of Islamic religion--incorporates many simple asanas. The resemblance between Namaz postures and Yog-asanas like Qiyam and Namaste, Ruk'u and Ardha Uttanasana, Julus and Vajrasana, and finally, Sujud and Balasana are quite striking.
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Yoga Changed My Life, But I'm Squirming At Its Politicized Celebration

Yoga is not about becoming slim or beautiful. It is also not about trying to be 'cool' or 'hippie'. It is, in fact, about making peace with your body type and learning to not give a damn about standards of beauty that are not set by yourself! Yoga is not competitive; quite the contrary, in fact. It is the life-affirming realization of perfection in imperfection; the feeling that one is complete as they are.